Warner Bros places Embargo on Movie Reviews for Green Lantern

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#1 Posted by Jim Halpert (58 posts) - - Show Bio
http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansit.../news/?a=39343

WB places Embargo on Green Lantern movie reviews until June 16


I bet you've been wondering why we haven't seen a lot of reviews for Warner Bros. and Martin Campbell's upcoming comic book adaptation Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds, Mark Strong and Blake Lively.

That's because all reviews are embargoed until June 16. Yes, no reviews until only one day before the film is released.

In many cases this is definitely not a good sign and who knows what are the reasons for doing that. This could change, but it won't matter that much since the film is coming out this week.

Is that why Comicvine's review is not up yet?
 
You guys had Thor reviewed a whole week before the movie came out, and Fox released critics review of X-Men First Class the weekend before it's release too.  
 
Not good publicity by WB.
#2 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn that sometimes means a movie is horrible. :(

#3 Posted by Chaos Burn (1787 posts) - - Show Bio

Lol, not a good sign for Green Lantern....

#4 Posted by PrinceIMC (5422 posts) - - Show Bio

It kinda makes it seem like they don't have faith in the movie. A little worrisome.

#5 Edited by Jim Halpert (58 posts) - - Show Bio

Early reviews from critics (that may get pulled down by the embargo): 
 
http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/...n-lantern.html

2 out of 5 stars

Enter square-jawed daredevil Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), he of the Ken doll physique and perfunctorily addressed daddy issues. The guy needs a calling, dammit! And boy, does he get one after being summoned to the side of a fallen Lantern, who gifts him his laser-lightshow ring and cosmos-protecting powers. Time to kick it into high gear, right? Uh, sure, just after we attend to Hal’s nonstarter romance with plastic girl Carol Ferris (Blake Lively, who isn’t). Oh, and there’s this other supervillain we gotta deal with – Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard, made up with a hilarious John Carpenter-esque bald pate).

Hal eventually travels to the mystical corps-HQ planet of Oa for some sequel-ready one-upmanship with baddie-in-training Sinestro (Mark Strong), and the film’s very talented director, Martin Campbell (‘Casino Royale’), handles these otherworld scenes, as well as the finale’s tentacle-tastic Parallax fight, with expected aplomb. But whenever this Lantern returns to terra firma (too often), its imaginative flights are ground beneath the DC overlords’ demographic-pandering heels.

http://allhiphop.com/stories/reviews.../22784487.aspx
The majority of the movie is spent telling the story of Hal Jordan feeling unworthy of new responsibility, the love tension between him and Carol Ferris and the creepy evil transformation of Dr. Hector Hammond who is infected by the Parallox. 
 
Even the action pay-off at the end isn't enough to satisfy. If an action hero movie is going to commit so heavily to story-telling, it has to have the kind of acting that can carry the movie on its shoulders such as The Dark Knight. Even with experienced veterans like Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett, The Green Lantern doesn't have that Dark Knight acting which is why it should've delivered a lot more action and the pay-off at the end should've been more satisfying. Like all things in Hollywood, expect a few more Green Lantern movies. Maybe with the origin out of the way, the next one can concentrate on more action.
#6 Posted by Jim Halpert (58 posts) - - Show Bio
http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-06-15/film/green-lantern-does-not-light-up-the-screen/

Green Lantern Does Not Light Up the Screen

It’s 10 minutes before a human character appears on-screen in Green Lantern, a personality-free franchise-launcher that builds toward a quaint, if explosive, argument in favor of the nebulous quality of “humanity.”

Via a heavily CGI'd prologue, we learn that The Universe is patrolled by a group of fearless, multi-species warriors called The Green Lantern Corps––and, yes, each member is issued an actual old-school camping lantern, which they use to recharge the clunky rings that allow them to harness “the emerald energy of willpower” to “create what you see in your mind.” A new threat known as the Parallax—illustrated as a constantly morphing mass of something like flesh blended with rock, almost an Anselm Kiefer construction anthropomorphized—has managed to kill four members of the Corps, including an arrogant purple humanoid alien who crashes on Earth and uses his last breaths to command that his ring seek out his replacement.

The ring ropes in Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a bad-boy but regular-old-human pilot given to a specific brand of cockiness that manifests itself via conspicuous self-deprecation. “I may be a total screw-up in every other part of life, but the one thing I do know how to do is fly,” he says, after nearly dying in a test-flight exercise when he’s suddenly distracted by an attack of convenient exposition––er, that is, an uncontrollable flashback to the plane-crash death of his own dad. Hal doesn’t give himself enough credit: He also knows how to flirt, often via terrible double entendre, with Carol (Blake Lively), a former girlfriend now in line to run her father’s aircraft company.

Shortly after the ring finds him, Hal is transported via a green energy bubble into space, where he meets Lantern leader Sinestro (Mark Strong), an alien who is skeptical that a human could have the skill and intelligence to make it in the Corps. Hal, ever the self-saboteur, is also sure there must have been some kind of mistake, and he takes the first opportunity to escape this new assignment. But then the Parallax gets its hooks into Hector (Peter Sarsgaard), a scientist creepily obsessed with Carol, and from there somehow it becomes apparent that the future of the Earth is in danger, so, you know. . . .

I could easily fill pages running down the plot obstacles that Lantern director Martin Campbell soullessly cycles through; identifying all the characters introduced by the film's four screenwriters, only to be easily disposed of; and "explaining" the complete hodgepodge of psychological cause-and-effects, from the pervasive daddy issues and complete absence of mothers, to the arbitrary, less-than-convincing confidence issues that Hal is able to surmount as soon as it becomes clear that Carol really wants to kiss him. But the movie never bothers to suggest that any of that really matters: Campbell’s ADD style privileges spectacle over story—so much so that the film never rewards the viewer for even trying to keep track of what is going on.

So you give up, and instead try to grab on to the small pleasures, which momentarily distract from the fact that the narrative is nonsensical, the characters so boilerplate that their every action seem preordained from the earliest frames, even as the action on-screen is often incoherent. Sarsgaard, with a major latex assist, gives a grand camp performance only rivaled in the last 12 months by Michael Sheen in Tron: Legacy. While hardly even registering as a villain, the Parallax is a breathtaking visual idea––roasting its victims alive while simultaneously slurping up their flesh, the entire maneuver rendered as a lacy spray of golden fire and charcoal ash.

This is pure cinematic magic, but the motives of the menace are muddled if not completely opaque. And while Reynolds isn’t a sharp enough actor to really find the crackle in his standard-issue superhero wisecracks, his body is a marvel of precision sculpting. As he breathes in and out in the skin-tight, digitally enhanced Lantern suit, each abdominal muscle seems to pulse independently. It's transfixing––and the closest Green Lantern gets to character detail.

#7 Posted by PrinceIMC (5422 posts) - - Show Bio

Sounds like the reviewers know nothing about Green Lantern going in. Which is understandable but some of their problems are parts that people who have read the comics have already accepted so maybe this will be more of a comic book movie strictly for comic book fans.

#8 Posted by Amegashita (3601 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jim Halpert:  What can I say?  The reviews reflect my initial opinion of the movie from the trailers.  Glad to see I was not disappointed.
#9 Posted by turoksonofstone (13200 posts) - - Show Bio
@RedheadedAtrocitus said:
Damn that sometimes means a movie is horrible. :(
@PrinceIMC said:
It kinda makes it seem like they don't have faith in the movie. A little worrisome.
@Jim Halpert said:
Early reviews from critics (that may get pulled down by the embargo): 
 
http://www.timeout.com/film/reviews/...n-lantern.html
2 out of 5 stars

Enter square-jawed daredevil Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), he of the Ken doll physique and perfunctorily addressed daddy issues. The guy needs a calling, dammit! And boy, does he get one after being summoned to the side of a fallen Lantern, who gifts him his laser-lightshow ring and cosmos-protecting powers. Time to kick it into high gear, right? Uh, sure, just after we attend to Hal’s nonstarter romance with plastic girl Carol Ferris (Blake Lively, who isn’t). Oh, and there’s this other supervillain we gotta deal with – Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard, made up with a hilarious John Carpenter-esque bald pate).

Hal eventually travels to the mystical corps-HQ planet of Oa for some sequel-ready one-upmanship with baddie-in-training Sinestro (Mark Strong), and the film’s very talented director, Martin Campbell (‘Casino Royale’), handles these otherworld scenes, as well as the finale’s tentacle-tastic Parallax fight, with expected aplomb. But whenever this Lantern returns to terra firma (too often), its imaginative flights are ground beneath the DC overlords’ demographic-pandering heels.

http://allhiphop.com/stories/reviews.../22784487.aspx
The majority of the movie is spent telling the story of Hal Jordan feeling unworthy of new responsibility, the love tension between him and Carol Ferris and the creepy evil transformation of Dr. Hector Hammond who is infected by the Parallox. 
 
Even the action pay-off at the end isn't enough to satisfy. If an action hero movie is going to commit so heavily to story-telling, it has to have the kind of acting that can carry the movie on its shoulders such as The Dark Knight. Even with experienced veterans like Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett, The Green Lantern doesn't have that Dark Knight acting which is why it should've delivered a lot more action and the pay-off at the end should've been more satisfying. Like all things in Hollywood, expect a few more Green Lantern movies. Maybe with the origin out of the way, the next one can concentrate on more action.
@Jim Halpert said:
http://www.villagevoice.com/2011-06-15/film/green-lantern-does-not-light-up-the-screen/

Green Lantern Does Not Light Up the Screen

It’s 10 minutes before a human character appears on-screen in Green Lantern, a personality-free franchise-launcher that builds toward a quaint, if explosive, argument in favor of the nebulous quality of “humanity.”

Via a heavily CGI'd prologue, we learn that The Universe is patrolled by a group of fearless, multi-species warriors called The Green Lantern Corps––and, yes, each member is issued an actual old-school camping lantern, which they use to recharge the clunky rings that allow them to harness “the emerald energy of willpower” to “create what you see in your mind.” A new threat known as the Parallax—illustrated as a constantly morphing mass of something like flesh blended with rock, almost an Anselm Kiefer construction anthropomorphized—has managed to kill four members of the Corps, including an arrogant purple humanoid alien who crashes on Earth and uses his last breaths to command that his ring seek out his replacement.

The ring ropes in Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds), a bad-boy but regular-old-human pilot given to a specific brand of cockiness that manifests itself via conspicuous self-deprecation. “I may be a total screw-up in every other part of life, but the one thing I do know how to do is fly,” he says, after nearly dying in a test-flight exercise when he’s suddenly distracted by an attack of convenient exposition––er, that is, an uncontrollable flashback to the plane-crash death of his own dad. Hal doesn’t give himself enough credit: He also knows how to flirt, often via terrible double entendre, with Carol (Blake Lively), a former girlfriend now in line to run her father’s aircraft company.

Shortly after the ring finds him, Hal is transported via a green energy bubble into space, where he meets Lantern leader Sinestro (Mark Strong), an alien who is skeptical that a human could have the skill and intelligence to make it in the Corps. Hal, ever the self-saboteur, is also sure there must have been some kind of mistake, and he takes the first opportunity to escape this new assignment. But then the Parallax gets its hooks into Hector (Peter Sarsgaard), a scientist creepily obsessed with Carol, and from there somehow it becomes apparent that the future of the Earth is in danger, so, you know. . . .

I could easily fill pages running down the plot obstacles that Lantern director Martin Campbell soullessly cycles through; identifying all the characters introduced by the film's four screenwriters, only to be easily disposed of; and "explaining" the complete hodgepodge of psychological cause-and-effects, from the pervasive daddy issues and complete absence of mothers, to the arbitrary, less-than-convincing confidence issues that Hal is able to surmount as soon as it becomes clear that Carol really wants to kiss him. But the movie never bothers to suggest that any of that really matters: Campbell’s ADD style privileges spectacle over story—so much so that the film never rewards the viewer for even trying to keep track of what is going on.

So you give up, and instead try to grab on to the small pleasures, which momentarily distract from the fact that the narrative is nonsensical, the characters so boilerplate that their every action seem preordained from the earliest frames, even as the action on-screen is often incoherent. Sarsgaard, with a major latex assist, gives a grand camp performance only rivaled in the last 12 months by Michael Sheen in Tron: Legacy. While hardly even registering as a villain, the Parallax is a breathtaking visual idea––roasting its victims alive while simultaneously slurping up their flesh, the entire maneuver rendered as a lacy spray of golden fire and charcoal ash.

This is pure cinematic magic, but the motives of the menace are muddled if not completely opaque. And while Reynolds isn’t a sharp enough actor to really find the crackle in his standard-issue superhero wisecracks, his body is a marvel of precision sculpting. As he breathes in and out in the skin-tight, digitally enhanced Lantern suit, each abdominal muscle seems to pulse independently. It's transfixing––and the closest Green Lantern gets to character detail.

lol.
#10 Posted by joshmightbe (25009 posts) - - Show Bio

I rarely take critics seriously because frankly they're stating their opinion and 9 times out of 10 movie reviewers tend to be quite snobby and act like every movie ever released has to be high art and honestly I just want a movie to entertain me I don't need to learn a lesson or philosophically inspired if it doesn't bore me I'm happy

#11 Posted by Jim Halpert (58 posts) - - Show Bio

More negative reviews, seems like the embargo is working since some of the earlier links are being taken down.
 
http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/green-lantern

Quote:
Ryan Reynolds won't light up your life
 
2 out of 5 stars

“Are you ready to have your mind blown?” asks Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern.

It’s a leading question that lays down the gauntlet for Martin Campbell’s belated intro to one of DC Comics’ second-tier crime-fighters. Put a line like that in your script and it practically requires you to be mind-blowing. Unfortunately, Lantern isn’t.

It’s instructional to compare and contrast with Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, the last attempt to alchemise a lesser-known property into box-office gold. That movie, you’ll remember, started off on Planet Earth, putting down roots before flashing back to fantastical Asgard.

Thor, you’ll recall, was also a swaggering upstart brought low by hubris. Over the course of Branagh’s film, however, he learned enough maturity to re-acquire his powers.

Jordan, alas, is a bit of a tool who – bar an unlikely third-act conversion to noble warrior – stays a bit of a tool. He is, in short, a hard guy to root for, even when having his clock cleaned back on Oa by a rhino-like alien with the unfortunate name of Kilowog.

Oa, incidentally, is a deeply unimpressive realm: a vast CG screensaver that feels as false and phoney as Reynolds’ CG super-suit.

Parallax, too, fails to cut the mustard, even when made flesh in the form of a bulbous-headed Peter Sarsgaard.

The result is a film that’s all set-up and no pay-off: an origin story for a hero we don’t much care for with an elaborate lore we have zero interest in, toplined by a star who’s little more than a torso and a smirk.

Verdict:

In a summer stuffed with superheroes, this underwhelming offering will likely leave you jaded. How it could have used some of Thor’s charm and The Green Hornet’s chutzpah.
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http://movies.sky.com/green-lantern/review

Quote:
Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan is a pale imitation of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark

After protecting the cosmos for over 70 years, you’d think that someone might have given the Green Lantern brigade some on-screen credit before now.

Amazingly, while the movie universe is littered with lesser comic book heroes, this is the first outing for one of the genre’s most enduring creations.

Perhaps, as the film’s miss-it-and-you’re-stuffed prologue explains, it’s because there isn’t just one Green Lantern, but thousands of them. So choosing one over the others would be unfair.

After all, each is responsible for maintaining order in their own vast sector of the universe, which was divided up gazillions of years ago by immortal ‘Guardians’ who now just sit around on the planet Oa looking grumpy when things go wrong.

And things couldn’t currently go much wronger. See, the rogue guardian called Parallax has just re-appeared as an evil, nebulous mass that feeds on fear. Parallax has already killed three Lanterns and, having mortally wounded the legendary Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison), is about to make it four.

But not before the stricken warrior has flown to the nearest inhabited planet where his willpower-channelling ring might seek out a worthy successor. No green trinkets and Spandex leotards for guessing where and who that might be.

Thus fearless aviator Hal Jordan (Reynolds) finds himself the first human to reach Green Lanternhood.

Naturally, before Hal can go thwarting mad geniuses, getting the girl, and saving the fearful souls of everyone on Earth, he must learn how to be Lantern.

So it’s off to Oa for stern lessons in willpower and responsibility from a fishy alien bearing an uncanny resemblance to the one from Hellboy (voiced by Geoffrey Rush), a combat coach with a cosmically un-PC name (Michael Clarke Duncan), and the Lanterns’ devilish-looking leader, Sinestro (Strong).

Good and evil. Green and yellow. Signed, sealed and delivered. No doubt about it, as director of the best two Bond films of the last 20 years - GoldenEye and Casino Royale - Martin Campbell knows how to get on with it.

Unfortunately he’s underserved by some ordinary visuals (emphasised in 3D, most noticeably in a particularly shonky helicopter stunt) and a po-faced script that takes itself way too seriously and delivers no surprises.

Led by the ever-watchable Reynolds, the performances are fine. But as written, Hal is a pale imitation of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, while we've seen the Sarsgaard, Robbins and Lively characters a dozen times before.

Three parts Superman to one part Iron Man and a dash of Top Gun: it’s a comic-book cocktail for happy hour, a shot of quick-release gratification designed to give you a buzz from a top shelf of generic brands.
----

http://allhiphop.com/stories/reviews.../22784487.aspx

Quote:
Ryan Reynolds comes off as Van Wilder on Steroids

The film opens and spends quite a considerable amount of time on establishing Hal Jordan as an irresponsible, wild and undisciplined hot-shot haunted by the death of his pilot-father who died in a jet crash. Blake Lively, looking lovely as a brunette, stars as Carol Ferris who is running her father's company “Ferris Aerospace” - the employer of our soon-to-be superhero. Even though she is Hal's boss, it's not difficult to detect that these two have previously had a romantic relationship that's causing a lot of difficulty in their employer/employee relationship. Hal being the hot-shot that he is, gets himself in trouble by breaking the rules of a test combat situation and is on the verge of losing his job and alienating his family when redemption comes in the form of a dying alien who is on the search for replacement bearer of his super-power ring. The universe as it turns out is protected by an army of Green Lanterns, made up of species in all shapes and forms, who are protect their own sectors of the universe against evil. The rings which give them power uses the “will” of all living things to form a powerful force of energy that takes the shape of whatever its bearer desires.

The villain in this movie is an ancient being that is empowered by the fear in all living beings. This being known as the Parallox, is on the loose after being imprisoned and quickly starts to kill off the Green Lanterns and destroy entire civilizations of planets. Early on you can see that this is going to be a courage vs. fear contest with a message that you can conquer your fears by not being afraid. And of course the ring chooses a very flawed and unlikely individual to be the succeeding Green Lantern because movie heroes have to be of the redeemed type.

The problem is that Reynolds comes off as Van Wilder on steroids who fails to reach his potential until he has that Neo-in-the-Matrix type transformation where he realizes self confidence. The saving grace of the movie is the special effects. In this case it's good that a Green Lantern movie has lagged behind all of the Superman, Batman and countless other hero movies. Without today's technology and special effects, a Green Lantern movie would be a complete dud. Imagine if this came out in the early 80's or 90's? Something else that really puzzled me was that with all of the effects the movie failed to dazzle in 3-D. There isn't anything that shoots or charges out to you, which to me is a complete waste of 3-D because all it does is just make some of the objects and people stand out. Unless you really love all things 3-D, you are better off watching this in 2-D.

As for action, you aren't going to get much until the end. The majority of the movie is spent telling the story of Hal Jordan feeling unworthy of new responsibility, the love tension between him and Carol Ferris and the creepy evil transformation of Dr. Hector Hammond who is infected by the Parallox. Even the action pay-off at the end isn't enough to satisfy. If an action hero movie is going to commit so heavily to story-telling, it has to have the kind of acting that can carry the movie on its shoulders such as The Dark Knight. Even with experienced veterans like Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett, The Green Lantern doesn't have that Dark Knight acting which is why it should've delivered a lot more action and the pay-off at the end should've been more satisfying. Like all things in Hollywood, expect a few more Green Lantern movies. Maybe with the origin out of the way, the next one can concentrate on more action.


#12 Posted by cattlebattle (13166 posts) - - Show Bio

Sound like Green Lantern sucks....didn't need a bunch of critics to tell me that

#13 Posted by Gambit1024 (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't let critics dictate what movies you watch, folks. See it for yourself before you make a judgement. 
 
I personally am going to see it Thursday at midnight, and I'm really not that worried. 

#14 Posted by turoksonofstone (13200 posts) - - Show Bio
@Jim Halpert said:
More negative reviews, seems like the embargo is working since some of the earlier links are being taken down.
 
http://www.totalfilm.com/reviews/cinema/green-lantern

Quote:
Ryan Reynolds won't light up your life
 
2 out of 5 stars

“Are you ready to have your mind blown?” asks Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern.

It’s a leading question that lays down the gauntlet for Martin Campbell’s belated intro to one of DC Comics’ second-tier crime-fighters. Put a line like that in your script and it practically requires you to be mind-blowing. Unfortunately, Lantern isn’t.

It’s instructional to compare and contrast with Kenneth Branagh’s Thor, the last attempt to alchemise a lesser-known property into box-office gold. That movie, you’ll remember, started off on Planet Earth, putting down roots before flashing back to fantastical Asgard.

Thor, you’ll recall, was also a swaggering upstart brought low by hubris. Over the course of Branagh’s film, however, he learned enough maturity to re-acquire his powers.

Jordan, alas, is a bit of a tool who – bar an unlikely third-act conversion to noble warrior – stays a bit of a tool. He is, in short, a hard guy to root for, even when having his clock cleaned back on Oa by a rhino-like alien with the unfortunate name of Kilowog.

Oa, incidentally, is a deeply unimpressive realm: a vast CG screensaver that feels as false and phoney as Reynolds’ CG super-suit.

Parallax, too, fails to cut the mustard, even when made flesh in the form of a bulbous-headed Peter Sarsgaard.

The result is a film that’s all set-up and no pay-off: an origin story for a hero we don’t much care for with an elaborate lore we have zero interest in, toplined by a star who’s little more than a torso and a smirk.

Verdict:

In a summer stuffed with superheroes, this underwhelming offering will likely leave you jaded. How it could have used some of Thor’s charm and The Green Hornet’s chutzpah.
----

http://movies.sky.com/green-lantern/review

Quote:
Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan is a pale imitation of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark

After protecting the cosmos for over 70 years, you’d think that someone might have given the Green Lantern brigade some on-screen credit before now.

Amazingly, while the movie universe is littered with lesser comic book heroes, this is the first outing for one of the genre’s most enduring creations.

Perhaps, as the film’s miss-it-and-you’re-stuffed prologue explains, it’s because there isn’t just one Green Lantern, but thousands of them. So choosing one over the others would be unfair.

After all, each is responsible for maintaining order in their own vast sector of the universe, which was divided up gazillions of years ago by immortal ‘Guardians’ who now just sit around on the planet Oa looking grumpy when things go wrong.

And things couldn’t currently go much wronger. See, the rogue guardian called Parallax has just re-appeared as an evil, nebulous mass that feeds on fear. Parallax has already killed three Lanterns and, having mortally wounded the legendary Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison), is about to make it four.

But not before the stricken warrior has flown to the nearest inhabited planet where his willpower-channelling ring might seek out a worthy successor. No green trinkets and Spandex leotards for guessing where and who that might be.

Thus fearless aviator Hal Jordan (Reynolds) finds himself the first human to reach Green Lanternhood.

Naturally, before Hal can go thwarting mad geniuses, getting the girl, and saving the fearful souls of everyone on Earth, he must learn how to be Lantern.

So it’s off to Oa for stern lessons in willpower and responsibility from a fishy alien bearing an uncanny resemblance to the one from Hellboy (voiced by Geoffrey Rush), a combat coach with a cosmically un-PC name (Michael Clarke Duncan), and the Lanterns’ devilish-looking leader, Sinestro (Strong).

Good and evil. Green and yellow. Signed, sealed and delivered. No doubt about it, as director of the best two Bond films of the last 20 years - GoldenEye and Casino Royale - Martin Campbell knows how to get on with it.

Unfortunately he’s underserved by some ordinary visuals (emphasised in 3D, most noticeably in a particularly shonky helicopter stunt) and a po-faced script that takes itself way too seriously and delivers no surprises.

Led by the ever-watchable Reynolds, the performances are fine. But as written, Hal is a pale imitation of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, while we've seen the Sarsgaard, Robbins and Lively characters a dozen times before.

Three parts Superman to one part Iron Man and a dash of Top Gun: it’s a comic-book cocktail for happy hour, a shot of quick-release gratification designed to give you a buzz from a top shelf of generic brands.
----

http://allhiphop.com/stories/reviews.../22784487.aspx

Quote:
Ryan Reynolds comes off as Van Wilder on Steroids

The film opens and spends quite a considerable amount of time on establishing Hal Jordan as an irresponsible, wild and undisciplined hot-shot haunted by the death of his pilot-father who died in a jet crash. Blake Lively, looking lovely as a brunette, stars as Carol Ferris who is running her father's company “Ferris Aerospace” - the employer of our soon-to-be superhero. Even though she is Hal's boss, it's not difficult to detect that these two have previously had a romantic relationship that's causing a lot of difficulty in their employer/employee relationship. Hal being the hot-shot that he is, gets himself in trouble by breaking the rules of a test combat situation and is on the verge of losing his job and alienating his family when redemption comes in the form of a dying alien who is on the search for replacement bearer of his super-power ring. The universe as it turns out is protected by an army of Green Lanterns, made up of species in all shapes and forms, who are protect their own sectors of the universe against evil. The rings which give them power uses the “will” of all living things to form a powerful force of energy that takes the shape of whatever its bearer desires.

The villain in this movie is an ancient being that is empowered by the fear in all living beings. This being known as the Parallox, is on the loose after being imprisoned and quickly starts to kill off the Green Lanterns and destroy entire civilizations of planets. Early on you can see that this is going to be a courage vs. fear contest with a message that you can conquer your fears by not being afraid. And of course the ring chooses a very flawed and unlikely individual to be the succeeding Green Lantern because movie heroes have to be of the redeemed type.

The problem is that Reynolds comes off as Van Wilder on steroids who fails to reach his potential until he has that Neo-in-the-Matrix type transformation where he realizes self confidence. The saving grace of the movie is the special effects. In this case it's good that a Green Lantern movie has lagged behind all of the Superman, Batman and countless other hero movies. Without today's technology and special effects, a Green Lantern movie would be a complete dud. Imagine if this came out in the early 80's or 90's? Something else that really puzzled me was that with all of the effects the movie failed to dazzle in 3-D. There isn't anything that shoots or charges out to you, which to me is a complete waste of 3-D because all it does is just make some of the objects and people stand out. Unless you really love all things 3-D, you are better off watching this in 2-D.

As for action, you aren't going to get much until the end. The majority of the movie is spent telling the story of Hal Jordan feeling unworthy of new responsibility, the love tension between him and Carol Ferris and the creepy evil transformation of Dr. Hector Hammond who is infected by the Parallox. Even the action pay-off at the end isn't enough to satisfy. If an action hero movie is going to commit so heavily to story-telling, it has to have the kind of acting that can carry the movie on its shoulders such as The Dark Knight. Even with experienced veterans like Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett, The Green Lantern doesn't have that Dark Knight acting which is why it should've delivered a lot more action and the pay-off at the end should've been more satisfying. Like all things in Hollywood, expect a few more Green Lantern movies. Maybe with the origin out of the way, the next one can concentrate on more action.


LMAO.
#15 Posted by jointron33 (1901 posts) - - Show Bio

Aren't you guys jumping the gun a bit here? It's like you want to jump on the bandwagon at any "sign" that the film will suck. And let us not forget that Totalfilm is know for being biased, as well as giving X-men 3 and Spiderman 3 good reviews.

#16 Posted by DepressedHippie (4 posts) - - Show Bio

With Thor and X-men being so good it was statisticly impossible for both Green Lantern and Captian America to be good. Every year there is a comic book movie that will reduce me to tears, last year it was Hex, this year it looks like it might be Green Lantern.
#17 Posted by turoksonofstone (13200 posts) - - Show Bio

  

#18 Posted by EnSabahNurX (2302 posts) - - Show Bio
@cattlebattle said:
Sound like Green Lantern sucks....didn't need a bunch of critics to tell me that
The issue is they wrote hal as van wilder which Reynolds plays well but is not good for this dc hero(the flash yes) and Blake can't act O_O throw the two together and you get crap 
Actually to be fair reynolds is not a bad actor but the writers knew they had him and decided to base the character around his prior typecast roles 
 
oh well I never planned to watch this just because the previews look so bad 
#19 Posted by EnSabahNurX (2302 posts) - - Show Bio
@turoksonofstone said:
  
*facepalm* O_O TOES!!!!!! T____T that's it movie sucks lmao
#20 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

Eh, it's not really a surprise that it's not good. Martin Campbell sucks, and they picked Hal Jordan rather than Kyle Rayner to focus on. All that aside, I still want to put some people in a blender.

#21 Posted by joshmightbe (25009 posts) - - Show Bio

Why are people so terrified to make a decision without a critic telling them what to think

#22 Edited by DepressedHippie (4 posts) - - Show Bio

@joshmightbe:  The whole point of reading reviews is to help one make a decision. If we had unlimited time and money then there would be no need for reviewers, but since we all have limited time and cash we want to make sure where not wasting either of them.

#23 Posted by MrMazz (1322 posts) - - Show Bio

well not really surprised even with some of the reviews saying Rynolds is one of the good parts his presence rubbed me the wrong way from the get go. I'll see it friday because im a nerd and what we do but OMG they have toe shoes

#24 Posted by lastdrag0n89 (590 posts) - - Show Bio

Sooo, Captain America as the best super hero movie this summer?

#25 Posted by Jim Halpert (58 posts) - - Show Bio

In terms of comic fanboys reviews, this the nail in the coffin:
 

Even IGN, big comic book geeks themselves, called this movie a cosmic failure, comparing it to WB's other comic book failure "Jonah Hex":

http://movies.ign.com/articles/117/1175316p1.html

Quote:
IGN: DC's latest superhero is a Cosmic Fail

Score: 4/10

Last summer gave us the DC bomb that was Jonah Hex and this summer offers the colossal disappointment that is Green Lantern. The epitome of spectacle over substance, Green Lantern is a cosmic mess and a huge letdown given the source material it had to draw from. 
 
Indeed, X-Men: The Last Stand and Wolverine are better than Green Lantern. This was DC and Warner Bros.' best bet yet at establishing a deeper bullpen of big screen superheroes beyond Batman and Superman, but the film is bad enough to possibly kill any hope for ever seeing The Flash or Justice League.

I can't stress enough what a setback the creative failure of Green Lantern is for DC and Warners' plans for a broader DC cinematic universe akin to Marvel's. Even if the movie makes money (I'm sure it will open strongly and probably do well overseas), it's not a film that DC or Warners can honestly say they're happy with. If DC and Warners had hoped this would be their Star Wars (a comparison the filmmakers have been all too happy to make for months now) then Green Lantern only offers fans the wonder of the creature-filled cantina scene, but none of the thrill of the Death Star run or the emotional resonance of any of its iconic characters. No, this isn't DC's Star Wars. It's not even their Last Starfighter; it's their Flash Gordon, but without the cool tunes or self-aware cheesiness. It's a frustrating, deeply flawed film rife with missed story opportunities and squandered potential. Green Lantern deserved better.
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#26 Edited by CraftyArrow (123 posts) - - Show Bio

Still going to watch it but for 300 million they should have made a Martian Manhunter movie.
#27 Posted by FadeToBlackBolt (23334 posts) - - Show Bio

Not at all surprising, but I'm saddened by this news all the same.

#28 Posted by Kal'smahboi (3572 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to see it and form my own opinion. How's that for news?
 
Eff the critics.

#29 Posted by iLLituracy (13537 posts) - - Show Bio

It's probably because the movie blows. Which will be very disappointing.

#30 Posted by FortressoftheMoon (678 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm going to moviehop this one just cause looking at the previews Ryan Rynolds is being not Van Wilder but Blade trinity Hannibal King with low self esteem. Can't stand reluctant heroes with a passion.
#31 Posted by mark5 (1213 posts) - - Show Bio

Not surprised. Still see it though.

#32 Posted by mark5 (1213 posts) - - Show Bio
@lastdrag0n89 said:
Sooo, Captain America as the best super hero movie this summer?
Nah, X Men first class all the way. 
#33 Posted by darkcloakx (788 posts) - - Show Bio

and yet he ill mess up another  superhero comic book character  that 's already a mess in somone's else movie except, this deadpool will be probably be not very good at all and deadpool is one of my favorite characters. why is ryan reynolds messing up all the comicbook characters  next up he will play moon knight iron fist & black panther

#34 Posted by CATPANEXE (9368 posts) - - Show Bio

Its a popcorn/thrill ride movie with a massive merchandising campaign attached. Expecting an award winning performance here is just having palindromic expectations.
My only desire in seeing this film is too see green lantern special effects and cheesy one liners. Sounds like I won't be disappointed. ;)

#35 Posted by isaac_clarke (5458 posts) - - Show Bio

Still going to see this, but hopefully the reviewers aren't being that wrong on it.
#36 Posted by joshmightbe (25009 posts) - - Show Bio
@depressedhippie: watch the preview and if it seems interesting go see it if it looks bad don't its as simple as that we don't need people to tell us what to think
#37 Edited by Emperormeister734 (827 posts) - - Show Bio

THIS IS WHY I DON'T LISTEN TO THE REVIEWS and I value  my own opinions also how about wait  till the movie actually comes out rather than pushing people away from the movie  and as GREEN LANTERN ...  "TO HELL WITH THE REVIEWERS I'M SORRY BUT IT HURTS ME TO SAY THAT LET VIEWERS DECIDE"

#38 Posted by nobodythere (86 posts) - - Show Bio
@joshmightbe said:
I rarely take critics seriously because frankly they're stating their opinion and 9 times out of 10 movie reviewers tend to be quite snobby and act like every movie ever released has to be high art and honestly I just want a movie to entertain me I don't need to learn a lesson or philosophically inspired if it doesn't bore me I'm happy
I agree wholeheartedly, feel people expect to much from film today. They are supposed to be entertaining, not life changing.
#39 Edited by Nocall (32 posts) - - Show Bio

"And things couldn’t currently go much wronger. See, the rogue guardian called Parallax has just re-appeared as an evil, nebulous mass that feeds on fear. Parallax has already killed three Lanterns and, having mortally wounded the legendary Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison), is about to make it four."
 
Please tell me this was a reviewer misunderstanding and not a rewrite of Parallax. If it was a rewrite...why? Why? WHY?
 
EDIT: "a combat coach with a cosmically un-PC name (Michael Clarke Duncan)" Wait...what? Why is Kilowog an "un-PC" name?
 
EDIT 2: 20% at rottentomatoes; 6 fresh, 24 rotten. Yikes.

#40 Posted by joshmightbe (25009 posts) - - Show Bio
@nocall: Just further proof that critics are over rated and generally don't know what they're talking about  
#41 Posted by InnerVenom123 (29510 posts) - - Show Bio

Note: When reviews are bad, people say "F*CK THE REVIEWS" 
 
When reviews are good, people go "I KNEW IT! I'M SO PUMPED!".

#42 Posted by joshmightbe (25009 posts) - - Show Bio
@InnerVenom123: I've been saying F**k the critics since I was 15 people should form their own opinions not just movie critics either Critic is a useless profession given far more credence than they deserve 
#43 Posted by SC (13299 posts) - - Show Bio
@InnerVenom123 said:
Note: When working out is good, Arnold Schwarzenegger goes "I KNEW IT! I'M SO PUMPED, IT FEELS LIKE I AM CUMMING!, ALL THE TIME, WHEN I AM PUMPING, DO YOU KNOW HOW GOOD IT FEELS? SO I PUMP AND I PUMP, AT THE MOVIES, ON STAGE, WATCHING THE DVD, PUTTING ON MY PLASTIC GREEN LANTERN RING I GOT WITH THAT ISSUE THAT TIME".
 
Fixed that for you.  
 
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#44 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (19714 posts) - - Show Bio

You mean the movie everyone already knew was going to be underwhelming is.. Underwhelming? 
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......... 

#45 Posted by SC (13299 posts) - - Show Bio
@nocall said:
"And things couldn’t currently go much wronger. See, the rogue guardian called Parallax has just re-appeared as an evil, nebulous mass that feeds on fear. Parallax has already killed three Lanterns and, having mortally wounded the legendary Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison), is about to make it four."  Please tell me this was a reviewer misunderstanding and not a rewrite of Parallax. If it was a rewrite...why? Why? WHY?  EDIT: "a combat coach with a cosmically un-PC name (Michael Clarke Duncan)" Wait...what? Why is Kilowog an "un-PC" name?  EDIT 2: 20% at rottentomatoes; 6 fresh, 24 rotten. Yikes.
 
Oh, thats a random and weird complaint that sounds more like sarcasm (I hope) but maybe they mean because of the last three letters, combined with the Kill O part?... lol  
 
lol Temuera Morrison... awesome. 
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#46 Edited by RScottH08 (249 posts) - - Show Bio

As much as a fan of dc and the gl franchise as i am, i personaly didnt have a lot of enthusiasm for this film. I really honestly didnt see it living up to thor or first class, and im sure cap america will be better, especially since that is leading up to the avengers, and honestly i think more people are looking foward to that than they were for green lantern. So it looks likes marvel beats out dc once again, kinda not suprising though. Hopefully this isnt a bad omen for dark knight rises or the superman reboot with dc.
#47 Posted by fitchy101 (205 posts) - - Show Bio
@FadeToBlackBolt: Kyle Rayner would indeed have been a better focus, but why not a Green Lantern Corps Movie? That would be far more interesting IMHO.
#48 Posted by fitchy101 (205 posts) - - Show Bio
@mark5 said:
@lastdrag0n89 said:
Sooo, Captain America as the best super hero movie this summer?
Nah, X Men first class all the way. 
Agreed
#49 Posted by RScottH08 (249 posts) - - Show Bio

   I think an all around corps movie would have been better to as well, and i like the kyle idea, of coarse thats just me being biased about kyle lol
#50 Posted by nick7913 (104 posts) - - Show Bio

I love how people are so dismissive of the critics and keep stating that they don't know anything. Now, if I'm going to pay what I think is already too much money (with the prices theatres in Greece are charging, I don't know about the rest of the world) I'm going to pay attention to the overall "trend" of the reviews. I have already seen the trailer and have some concerns about the film. Those concerns seem to be things that bothered the reviewers. Ergo, I'm not going to be watching this in the cinema (maybe I'll rent it).  
 
Do the same. If you find that the things that bothered the reviewers are think you have made your peace with or simply don't bother you, you're welcome to watch it and I sincerely hope that you enjoy it. But don't dismiss them as flawed or unimportant. Reviews serve a very important purpose: To help people decide how to spend their money. Some may be off the mark, some may just be going along with the flow. But usually when a movie is critically panned, there is something wrong with it. Whether it's important or not is up to you.

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